Chemical Peel Day 4: the Big Peel

Yesterday the peeling started, today it continues. Not so much just around my mouth, but extending to almost all parts of my face. Well, I guess that is the point of a peel, right? It’s working! I feel good, the new skin is super soft. The skin that has yet to peel off is pretty dry and rough. I keep using my post peel cream and SPF. That helps to make the skin look moist. The post peel cream kind of burns on the new skin, but it is hydrocortisone so I’m not too worried.

This morning when I dropped the kids off at school, I had to talk to Gia’s teacher…. as the room mom, we have lots of social activity in the Kindergarten class! Anyway, I was extremely apologetic of my lizard-like appearance… best part… she had just had a peel too and totally understood! Total win. Her skin looked great and hopefully I will be there in a couple of days!

Then, I had a lunch appointment… again… extremely apologetic… I found out she understood too. She had also done a peel and she had been in my shoes! Wow! Everyone does this!

Feeling pretty good, I headed to the grocery store after work to pick up some liquor. Actually, lots of liquor. Our neighborhood is having a progressive dinner tomorrow night and we are in charge of the first round: drinks! Seems easy, right?! Well, it can’t be basic so I got the best of the best. It may only be “drinks” but it’ll be unforgettable. Back to the point, I’m pretty sure my cashier at the Pavilions didn’t want to look me in the eye. Maybe just my perception, but I had some serious peeling going on when I looked in my car mirror!

So now, it’s Friday night… Michael and I are hanging with the kids and working on our upcoming segment on San Diego Fox 5 news! All about winter skincare. I think I have indirectly made myself the guinea pig… We are writing the content over a glass of wine from Haber Family Vineyards (, one of our favorites… super awesome people, and my face is SO warm! You know how your face feels flushed when drinking a few glasses of wine? Well, I think the feeling is exaggerated with the new, fresh skin! Not bad, just interesting. Check out my photos from today and I’ll post some more before bed!


Chemical Peel Day 3: this isn’t so bad!

Day3! Yay! Now, it’s really not so bad. I did start peeling today. Dry and peeling, that about sums it up. Other than the tight feeling, I feel great! I worked out again today on the Peloton. I did try to not go overboard though. I kept a towel wrapped around my neck to soak up any sweat. After I was finished, I quickly splashed cold water on my face and laid an cold, wet towel across my face. I didn’t want to take any chances at making this process last longer or add unnecessary complications. Throughout the rest of the day, I combated the peel by using my post peel cream, SPF and a small pair of scissors to trim the loose skin. It is SO hard not to peel the skin off, trust me, you will want to! But don’t! Resist temptation!! This evening, my 2 year old, kept staring at me. At one point she told me I was messy and had food on my face. Still perplexed, she became mesmerized and then just called me a zombie. My 8 year old told me he kind of wanted to throw-up looking at the skin sloughing off. All positive…. anyway, check out the pics and see what you think.


Chemical Peel Day 2: I survived

Ok, so it’s the end of Day 2 of my Vi Chemical Peel.  With a little help from my well known friend, Benadryl, I survived.  I have to say, last night, going to bed was the WORST part.  I typically have pretty sensitive skin, for example, I break out on my hands from decorating a Christmas tree.  The absolute WORST…. when I broke out from using “firm grip”  to hold my swimming suit in place for a pageant.  Although I didn’t get a wedgie on stage, I got a really bad rash that lasted like 2 weeks!  Anyway, you get the picture.   When I went to bed, it was not burning, more of a warm sensation.  My face felt fine.  It was my neck!  Holy moly was it itchy!  It was so annoying and I could not fall asleep.  After wrapping my neck in blanket and being totally irritated, I pulled myself up out of bed and got the Benadryl, I also used the post peel anti-itch cream.  Totally wish I would have done those 2 things like an hour earlier.  I woke up again at 4am, ready for some more Benadryl.  Bottom line, if you get a chemical peel, take Benadryl, it helps a ton!  

Ok, so in the morning… I felt pretty good! These pictures were taken shortly after I woke up.  You can see a lot of the redness had disappeared.  Just a few spots of hyper-pigmentation. The itching and burning had were almost gone.  Now, my skin just felt tight.  I spent the rest of the day nursing my skin by lathering it with the anti-itch post peel lotion and SPF 50.  I looked pretty greasy all day.  But I was feeling good!  

As the day wore on, my face just kept feeling tighter and tighter.  This brought on another sense of itching, the dry, pulling feeling.  I also knew I had 1 more towelette to apply 1 hour before bed.  I was not looking forward to that!  As the night continued, I started to notice the beginning of some slight peeling.  You know when you have a sunburn, your skin gets that shiny, kind of waxy look?  That’s exactly what I had going on.  I used the final (thank god) towelette and took some more Benadryl.  Guess what?! No burning or itching!  I think my face has finally toughened up!  Now I really feel like I am in the home stretch.  All I have to look forward to is about 2-3 days of sloughing off my whole face. off  We will see how that goes!  

Oh, and you might be wondering…. did I work out?  Sure did.  Oops.  I couldn’t resist.  I made sure my face didn’t sweat.  I actually kept a towel around my neck to keep it dry from sweat.  I was NOT willing to make my neck itchy again!

Ok, well, time for bed!  I will give my Day 3 update tomorrow!   Just a side note… Michael and I have a progressive dinner party with our neighborhood on Saturday.  We are hosting drinks.  I sure hope I don’t look like the walking dead.  

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The new Peloton!

I am SOOO excited!  My ( I mean our) Peloton arrived today!  After being totally entrenched in Beachbody’s 80 Day Obsession for the 3rd time, I started to look for new workout options.  The Peloton had crossed my mind, but I have never really been “into” cycling like some people are.   Then, one day out of the blue, Michael texted me a picture of the Peloton and asked if I was interested.  I was like “funny, because I had just been looking at it!”  Long story short, after asking a bunch of people about it and researching it, I decided to take Peloton up on their holiday deal ($295 off with free delivery and set-up).  Once I ordered it, I couldn’t wait to get it.  I placed my order on November 20th and it arrived by November 27th!  I was like a kid waiting for Christmas morning!  Finally, it came.  It is so easy to use, looks great, and the class selection is amazing!  Honestly, the hardest part was getting my darn shoes clipped in the pedals!  After I got my full tutorial, I had my first ride!  I loved it!!! I did 2 other workouts too.  One for core and one for arms/upper body.  After I was finished, I was super pumped to show Michael how to use it.

When Michael got home from work, the first thing I did was make him try the bike!  We set up his user profile, which was really easy.  Then he got to ride!  Besides weights and manly workouts, you don’t really see him doing anything different.  But this… he loved it too!
Yay!  Success, now to many more days of riding our Italian Stallion (yes, I named it that!).